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April 2019 4838

Safar Travel & Tourism is GoAir GSA

SAFAR Travel & Tourism, a member of ALFAHIM Group, has announced its partnership with GoAir airlines to roll out direct flights between Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE and the newly opened Kannur International Airport in the southern Indian state of Kerala.Under the partnership, Safar Travel & Tourism will act as the general sales agent for GoAir in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, marking the award-winning travel agency’s entry into India’s growing air travel industry.

With the inaugural flight from Kannur to Abu Dhabi International Airport taking off this March, GoAir will offer direct flights on Airbus 320neo with two cabin configurations, economy ‘GoSmart’ and business ‘GoBusiness’.

GoAir’s flight schedule will provide passengers with four direct flight services per week at an attractive all-inclusive one-way fare of Dh435 ($118.43).


Emirates places big order with Airbus

EMIRATES airlines announced an order for 40 A330-900 aircraft, 30 A350-900 aircraft, in an agreement signed with Airbus. The deal is worth $21.4 billion at list prices.

The latest generation Airbus A330neo and A350 aircraft, will be delivered to Emirates starting from 2021 and 2024 respectively.

In addition, Airbus and Emirates reached an agreement on outstanding A380 deliveries. The airline will receive 14 more A380s from 2019 until the end of 2021, taking its total A380 order book to 123 units.

The A330neos will be deployed on Emirates’ regional destinations, and also enable the airline to serve smaller airports and thereby open new routes and connectivity for its global network. The A350s will supplement Emirates’ long-haul operations, providing the carrier with added flexibility in terms of capacity deployment on 8 to 12 hour missions from its Dubai hub.


DAE delivers six Boeing 787-9 to Gulf Air

DUBAI Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announced that it has completed the delivery of six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Gulf Air based on an aircraft lease agreement signed in November 2017 and were delivered between April 2018 and February 2019.

Firoz Tarapore, chief executive officer of DAE, said: “We are delighted to partner with Gulf Air and deliver these new-technology wide body aircraft to assist the airline with its fleet transition strategy. This transaction highlights our ability to underwrite large commitments and provide a full suite of solutions including financing of pre-delivery payments. We look forward to building on our strong relationship with Gulf Air.”


City check-in for Indigo in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI Airports announced extending city check-In facilities to Indigo, India’s largest airline. This new service is in line with the airline’s commitment to provide courteous and hassle-free travel experience to its customers. The new service has been to all Indigo’ customers effective March 10, 2019. Adding more ease to the overall customer experience, this new feature will enable passengers flying out of Abu Dhabi airport to check-in 24 hours prior within the city i.e. before reaching the airport.

Maarten De Groof, chief commercial officer, Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are delighted to welcome IndiGo passengers to stop by our easily accessible and conveniently located remote check-in facilities. Ensuring a seamless and efficient customer is one of our top priorities at Abu Dhabi Airports, and we look forward to introducing travellers to our world-class services and unique brand of Arabian hospitality. India has always been one of our most important and largest areas of operations, and we are looking forward to continuing to work closely with IndiGo passengers to meet the market’s growing demand.”


PIA launches bi-weekly flights to Al Ain

PAKISTAN International Airlines has commenced bi-weekly flights to Al Ain International Airport on Fridays and Sundays connecting Al Ain with Peshawar, Pakistan.

Pakistan International Airlines will operate the route using its Airbus 320-200 aircraft.

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